Delfina Foundation

Zoya Siddiqui selected for 2018 KKAF residency

Through new partnership with KKAF, Delfina Foundation is pleased to announce the foundation's first artist-in-residence from Pakistan

Zoya Siddiqui, Blind Views, 2015. Digital photographs. Series of 40 homes. 4x6 inches each.

Zoya Siddiqui's residency is made possible through a newly established partnership between Delfina Foundation and Khurram Kasim Art Foundation (KKAF), a not-for-profit organisation created by Karachi based art collector Khurram Kasim established to provide a platform that supports all forms of artistic expression from and within Pakistan. This residency is KKAF's first official initiative.

Zoya was selected from sixty applicants to an open call published in late 2017. She will join Delfina Foundation's summer 2018 season where she will live alongside seven other residents, undertake artistic research, and engage with practitioners and institutions in London and beyond.

Zoya graduated from Beaconhouse, Lahore in 2013 and has since exhibited in the US, India and Pakistan. She is currently a Fulbright scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. Zoya works with photography, video, installation and performance to explore distance and tension between states such as exterior/interior, insider/outsider, stranger-hood/intimacy, nearness/farness or public/private and how this may be bridged.

Recent works have sought to understand stranger sociality within differing environments by creating performative gestures or exercises that could allow for more personal interactions, including between herself and others. For Geology of a Home, a temporal work that was executed in an abandoned mill in Lancashire, Zoya worked with local people of Pakistani origins to acknowledge and reclaim their connection to the space. Other works have explored the notion that distanced consciousness is inherent within the present, stemming from her own temporary distance from home. For Memoryscape II Zoya worked remotely with a drone operator to map/locate objects of memory around her home in Lahore.

Zoya Siddiqui 
Zoya Siddiqui (Lahore, Pakistan) has a practice that explores the existing tensions between nearness and farness, insider and outsider, stranger-hood and intimacy, to understand different socio-historic contexts and specificities and to create new opportunities for engagement between people. Zoya's works involve installations, videos and photography, having as a common denominator performance, often related to gestures and exercises to allow more personal interactions or anchored in the use of her voice and body. In her latest work, Memoryspace II, in which drone footage of her home in Lahore is overlap by her voice speaking to its operator to locate and map her memory, Zoya has investigated the distanced consciousness inherent within current experiences and views of the world through maps, navigation, and city views.

Khurram Kasim Art Foundation (KKAF)
KKAF has been established to provide a platform that supports all forms of artistic expression from and within Pakistan. Through educational programmes, residencies, grants and events, KKAF seeks to facilitate and foster cultural exchange and dialogue between local and international artistic practices and art networks. KKAF is a newly launched not-for-profit organisation created by Karachi based art collector Khurram Kasim. This residency with Delfina Foundation is KKAF's first official initiative.